For Russia, Biden is the gift that keeps on giving. Before their meeting at Biden lifted sanctions that were holding up the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Now, the project which is 90% done will finish quickly and will raise Putin’s influence in Europe, mostly Germany. Then just before their meeting, Biden has delayed $100 million in military aid to Ukraine, even as Russia places 100,000 troops along the border with Ukraine.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed the Politico story was false:
“The idea that we have held back security assistance to Ukraine is nonsense. Just last week—in the run-up to the U.S.-Russia Summit—we provided a $150 million package of security assistance, including lethal assistance. We have now provided the entire amount appropriated by Congress through the Ukraine security assistance initiative.”
“Two days before the Summit, President Biden stood on the stage before the entire world at NATO and said that we would keep putting Ukraine ‘in the position to be able to continue to resist Russian physical aggression.’ We have also prepared contingency funds in the event of a further Russian incursion into Ukraine. As President Biden told President Putin directly, we will stand unwavering in support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
I guess Psaki could be right but she neglected to say who Ukraine had to fire to receive the aid. But, I will wait for confirmation before I pass judgment on who is right. But how do you decide the truth between two liars? It becomes a toss-up.
It has now come to my attention that the aid Psaki was talking about was separate from the $100 million withheld from Ukraine. WaPo initially posted it and confirmed it by Politico.
Ukraine is a sore spot for Biden as his son Hunter was made a board member of Burisma Holding even though he had no experience in energy or Ukraine. Biden later admitted he withheld one billion dollars until they fired Viktor Shokin fired. Shokin was allegedly investigating Hunter and Burisma.
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Relations between the U.S. and Ukraine have been frosty in recent years as both recent U.S. administrations faced accusations of questionable dealings with or in the former Soviet nation. Biden had sought to push off talks with Zelensky for as long as possible, according to Politico, but he held his first call with the leader in late spring.
Ukraine has been a sore topic for Biden since his son, Hunter Biden, faced accusations of using his family name to gain business dealings in the country. Biden himself was accused of profiting from his son’s dealings.